New traffic cameras to be up and running in a year
MOTORISTS beware. A new traffic camera system is expected to be in operation within the first six months of 2009 after the Nicosia District Court gave the green light for tenders to be submitted

Communications and Works Minister Nicos Nicolaides yesterday confirmed the news, saying that a new and complete system will include 400 fixed cameras and 40 mobile ones across the island in three stages, over five years.

The total cost is estimated to be in the region of €28 million, with the deadline for tenders to be submitted standing at October 10.

Commenting, Director of the Police Traffic Unit, Theodoros Achilleos, said that, “fixed cameras will be put up at junctions where it’s been proven that accidents take place, while the mobile ones will be used at locations deemed to be high risk.”

Police data shows that during the ten months in which the previous camera traffic system was in operation, accidents were reduced by 70 per cent.

The old system was deactivated on September 21, 2007 after the government pulled out of a contract with the supplier after negotiations to fix technical problems collapsed.

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